Vice President Al Gore formally announces his support
Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean, left, in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, in early December. Gore's endorsement
was a particularly
harsh blow to Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., who was Gore's
running mate in 2000 and
is seeking the presidential nomination himself.
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The road to the White House begins with building support
among political activists for the caucuses and primaries, but some
presidential candidates are already trying to win the backing of voters
outside their parties for the general election.
Without an extensive volunteer organization, presidential
hopefuls will not be successful in Iowa, where people favor grass-root
campaigning, Democratic and Republican Party officials say.
the Associated Press thinks it’s irrelevant, The Des Moines
Register says it is nuts and the Chicago Tribune calls
it goofy. So why the spin? Walk into any media room during a staged
event for the
nine Democratic presidential hopefuls this political season and you’ll
see it: staffers for the candidates’ campaigns running around
in frenzied circles just to distribute sheets of paper aimed at
their candidate’s image in newspaper articles the next day.
As Rep. Dennis
Kucinich, D-Ohio, sees it, reporters who judge his candidacy as not
viable and therefore do not cover it as extensively as other presidential
campaigns are doing a poor job of journalism. As reporters see it,
their job is to make exactly those sorts of judgments.
IT WITH STYLE
the part of a future president
For presidential candidates, image is everything, or close to it.
Patrician Sen. John Kerry wearing penny loafers to his campaign appearances,
lawyer John Edwards sporting a blue-collared shirt in his TV ads-
these and other choices are intended to convey a particular message
to potential Iowa caucus goers whom the candidates apparently presume
to be down-home sorts of folks. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.
With one of the most contested
races for the Democratic Party nomination, the 2004 Iowa Caucus will
be one of the most important events in the nation. Follow our coverage
during the months leading up to the caucus.
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Welcome to coverage of the 2004 Iowa caucuses, provided
by students in the "Presidential Politics" class of the
University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
nine Democratic hopefuls in the 2004 presidential campaign, candidates
may find it challenging to get voters to remember who they are. The
Rev. Al Sharpton is neither the most well-covered nor well-known candidate,
but his policies and voice are reminiscent of a voice in the presidential
campaigns of the 1980s -- the Rev. Jesse Jackson's.
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